The other day I came across some interesting observations about weight and how our occupations may affect it.  The data is based on a nationwide CareerBuilder survey of 3,700 respondents.  Here are a few of the more interesting observations:

Most Employees Are Overweight.  55% of respondents affirm, “I’m overweight” and 41% affirm the opposite.  Granted, self-reporting does not guarantee accuracy, but in this case my guess is it is pretty close.

Sitting Is A Killer.  When asked for the main reason their jobs led to weight gain, the top reason cited 56% of the time was sitting.  I am not surprised.  When you are not moving much, you do not burn many calories.  Runner-up reasons include stress eating (35%), eating out (26%), office snacks (17%), and work celebrations (17%).

Job Title Correlations.  Certain job titles report higher levels of weight gain than others.  First place goes to administrative assistants (69%).  Perhaps they tend to do the most sitting, although I do not think that is always the case.  Second place goes to engineers at 56%.  Third place ties at 51% each among teachers, nurses, and IT technicians.  Again, I think we see the movement (or lack thereof) connection in these findings.

Exercise Is Still Popular.  The good news is 40% of us report adherence to a regular workout program.  The bad news is that percentage is not higher, and 10% of us affirm we never exercise.  Interestingly, salespersons reported working out the most while manufacturing workers reported working out the least.  I surmise the often hard labor of manufacturing leaves workers too tired to exercise or they believe their jobs provide all the exercise they need (which may or may not be true depending on the nature of that job).

Wellness-Oriented Companies Remain A Minority.  With all the hoopla about wellness the fact remains 59% of all employers do not provide any sort of health perks such as gym passes, exercise rooms, or wellness benefits.  The good news is 31% of employers do.  What about the other 10%?  Those respondents simply do not know.

You can only go as far in your career as your body and mind will sustain you.  When companies provide wellness benefits, it becomes a win-win situation.  Healthy, happy employees perform better, thereby enhancing the company’s bottom line.  We should all be gratified to see just how far we have come in the nation’s labor market on wellness.  We should all be challenged to see our wellness progress move forward with accelerated speed.  Too many companies and people need it more so than at any time in the past.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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